President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that his United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley — a favorite among some conservatives — would resign.
United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley reportedly submitted her resignation to Trump after the two discussed it last week.
Haley was one of Trump’s first appointees when he took office in 2017 and she continually provided a pro-Israel presence at the U.N.
While at the United Nations, Haley also took an ardent stance against North Korea as it refused to capitulate to international demands on its nuclear program.
Here are some of her bold moments on the world stage:
Calling out the U.N.’s ‘anti-Israel bias’:
From the start of her tenure at the State Department, Haley vehemently defended Israel against what she regarded as bias in the U.N. In February of last year, she blasted “outrageously biased” Security Council resolutions and chastised member nations for their “shameful” inaction in confronting terrorist attacks in Israel.
“The Security Council would not hesitate to condemn an attack like that in any other country,” Haley said.
Watch her comments below:
When Israel’s Justice Minister commented on Haley in May, he praised her work and said that under her leadership, Israel was no longer the United Nations’ “punching bag.”
“We can see the change with Nikki Haley as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations,” Minister Ayelet Shaked said. “Israelis finally feel that we have someone leading the fight for justice and morality in a place without it. We feel like our voice will finally be heard in the halls of the General Assembly.”
Haley refuses to back down amid criticism for leaving U.N. Human Rights Council:
The United States faced backlash after it decided to pull out of the U.N. Human Rights Council due to the way it treated Israel.
While speaking to the Heritage Foundation, Haley refused to back down and instead described the UNHRC as the UN’s “greatest failure.”
“We take these rights seriously, too seriously, to allow them to be cheapened by an institution — especially one that calls itself the ‘Human Rights Council,’” she said.
Watch her speech below:
Haley stood up to U.N. member states who opposed the administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Haley indicated that the U.S. would remember that disrespect when considering how much to contribute to the U.N. “[T]his vote will be remembered,” she said after arguing that the U.S. had an obligation to “demand” more from the investments it made to advance its own values and interests through the U.N.
“We will remember [this day] when we are called on once again to make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations. And we will remember it when so many countries come calling on us as the so often do to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit,” Haley said.
Watch some of her comments on the issue below:
She fiercely criticized North Korea for flouting international requirements on its nuclear program.
Haley repeatedly criticized the nation’s actions and warned them that the world would “never” accept a nuclear North Korea. She also put other nations on notice, calling out their decisions to economically support the rogue nation.
Watch some of her comments below:
Haley sharply criticized Russia for its alleged assassinations and relationship with Syria.
Sad to hear @nikkihaley has resigned as US Ambassador to the UN. A true talent of Trump administration and friend of Britain.
This speech at the UN after the poisoning on UK soil (with Russia staring her down), was one that some of our own political leaders are too weak to give: pic.twitter.com/nqK9CJRA1M
— Darren Grimes (@darrengrimes_) October 9, 2018
While speculation has swirled around Haley’s view of Trump, she has continually supported the president in public. While appearing with the president on Tuesday, she said she would not run against him in the 2020 presidential election.
“She has done an incredible job. She is a fantastic person, very importantly, but she also is somebody that gets it,” Trump said of Haley.